Everyone knows that regular oil changes are essential to your engine’s health. That’s actually a fact, not just a scheme to get you to get more oil changes. There are dire consequences if you do not get your oil changed at manufacturer-recommended intervals.
Engine Mechanics 101
Inside your engine there are a lot of moving parts—pistons go up and down, connecting rods and crankshafts turn, etc. Most of these components are made of metal. When metal parts move against other metal parts, they create friction, and friction causes heat. Heat, in turn, causes expansion of metal, and expanded metal parts just don’t fit in places where lubricated, cooled metal parts fit.
That’s why you need oil. Oil coats metal components to reduce friction, heat and expansion. By doing so, oil allows your engine to function as it was designed to—to ignite controlled explosions that create and transfer energy to make your car go.
What Engine Failure Looks Like
Forgetting or neglecting to get your oil changed can result in engine failure, which may mean:
- Your engine locks up because metal components can no longer move against/with/in their chambers
- Impurities in over-used oil ignite, starting an engine fire
Fortunately, there are a lot of warning signs before these disasters occur, the first of which is your engine temperature gauge. If it creeps in to the red, check your oil level and color. If that doesn’t provide enough of an urgent warning, your “Check Engine” light should. Never—and we mean never—ignore this indicator!
At the first sign of engine trouble, bring your car to Quanz Auto Body. We provide advanced diagnostics and will prepare a free estimate for all required services. Even if you’ve neglected an oil change (or, dare we say it? two), engine repair can save you significantly compared to a complete engine replacement or rebuild.
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